Lomond Hills Regional Park

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SECTION ONE

Lomondside Cottage


It is possible to ascend East Lomond from a path which starts near Lomondside Cottage and climbs through woodland before reaching the open hill but there are many wooden steps to negotiate and it is probably the hardest way to climb the hill. Even so it is a well-used route. Fauld Road branches off from this path and forms an alternative approach to Maspie Den and the Yad waterfall via the minor road which runs between Falkland and Leslie.

NO2506 : Path past Lomondside Cottage, Falkland by Bill Kasman
A few metres further along the track to the house at Allan Park from this image NO2506 : Path past Lomondside Cottage, Falkland can be found another path leading to the summit of East Lomond.
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NO2507 : The Fife village of Falkland by Bill Kasman
Seen from the eastern shoulder of East Lomond (known locally as 'Falkland Hill') one of the hills within the boundary of the Lomond Hills Regional Park. The demolition site of the former St John's Works can be clearly seen NO2507 : Demolition site, Falkland The path visible on the right of the image starts near Lomondside Cottage NO2506 : Path to Lomondside Cottage, Falkland and ascends to the summit of East Lomond.
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NO2506 : Water treatment facility, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
A few yards up the path to East Lomond from this image NO2506 : Path past Lomondside Cottage, Falkland is this water treatment plant belonging to Scottish Water.
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NO2506 : Steps to East Lomond, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
From the same position as this image NO2506 : Water treatment facility, Lomond Hills we see the first of several sets of steps leading through the woods.
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NO2506 : Path junction near Lomondside Cottage, Falkland by Bill Kasman
This is the main path from Lomondside Cottage to the summit of East Lomond NO2506 : Path past Lomondside Cottage, Falkland. The sign indicates the path is straight ahead. The path to the right is known as Fauld Road and is an alternative approach to the path up Maspie Den which starts from near the Centre for Stewardship NO2407 : Path on Falkland Estate. The stone to the left of the sign is interesting NO2506 : Benchmark, Lomond Hills.
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NO2506 : Benchmark, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This stone at this path junction NO2506 : Path junction near Lomondside Cottage, Falkland carries a benchmark with a rivet on the top of the stone LinkExternal link. See also this image NO2506 : Benchmark, Lomond Hills.
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NO2506 : Benchmark, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This stone carries a benchmark with a rivet LinkExternal link. See also this image NO2506 : Benchmark, Lomond Hills.
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NO2406 : More steps! by Bill Kasman
This is one of a series of steps on the path from Lomondside Cottage NO2506 : Path past Lomondside Cottage, Falkland to the summit of East Lomond.
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NO2406 : Are these counters? by Bill Kasman
At the top of the last set of steps on the path from Lomondside Cottage to the summit of East Lomond NO2506 : Path past Lomondside Cottage, Falkland are these two grey boxes mounted on posts. They face each other exactly across the path and I can think of no other purpose than that they are infra-red counters to record the number of people who use the path. There are similar devices elsewhere in the park.
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NO2406 : Path to East Lomond by Bill Kasman
The path from Lomondside Cottage NO2506 : Path past Lomondside Cottage, Falkland finally climbs out of the woods. From this point the path ascends open hillside to the summit of the hill. To the right of the gate is a cycle path which wends its way downhill through the woods and joins with Faulds Road NO2406 : Path junction on Fauld Road, Lomond Hills. See also this image NO2507 : The Fife village of Falkland.
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NO2206 : Gate to path to Falkland by Bill Kasman
This path NO2206 : Path near Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills crosses a field and reaches this gate. Beyond the gate the path crosses the vehicle track to West Lomond NO2206 : Gate to vehicle track, Lomond Hills and heads downhill to the lower reaches of Maspie Den and eventually meets the main estate road which runs past the Centre for Stewardship NO2407 : Path on Falkland Estate.
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NO2206 : Gate on path to Falkland by Bill Kasman
About 200 metres or so after the path from Craigmead car park crosses the vehicle track to West Lomond NO2206 : Gate to path to Falkland it reaches this gate. Beyond the gate the path continues down towards Falkland. There is a small sign on the gate which reads 'Welcome to Coalpit Community Woodland' LinkExternal link.
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NO2406 : Fauld Road, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
After leaving the main path to East Lomond from Lomondside Cottage NO2506 : Path junction near Lomondside Cottage, Falkland the road makes its way through the woods heading for the minor road which runs over the hills from Falkland to Leslie NO2407 : Road to Craigmead and Leslie from Falkland.
Note: Fauld Road is part of a large and sometimes confusing network of cycle tracks and footpaths which meander along the lower northern slopes of the Lomond hills from Lomondside Cottage to Arraty Crags and beyond crossing both the minor road over the hills and Maspie Den.
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NO2406 : Path junction on Fauld Road, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
After a short distance Fauld Road NO2506 : Path junction near Lomondside Cottage, Falkland reaches this junction. Fauld Road continues to the right whilst the path to the left is a cycle path which winds its way down from the gate at the top of the path from Lomondside Cottage NO2406 : Path to East Lomond.
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NO2406 : Fauld Road, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
Fauld Road is one of many cycle routes on the lower northern slopes of the Lomond Hills. Here the main cycle track is crossed by another coming down from the woods on the right and disappearing into the woods on the left. The wooden structure on the left is a bit of a puzzle NO2406 : Strange wooden structure, Lomond Hills.
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NO2406 : Strange wooden structure, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This wooden structure just off Fauld Road is a bit of a puzzle NO2406 : Fauld Road, Lomond Hills. It isn't a bridge since it isn't connected to anything at either side. It matches up with a ramp coming down the hill on the opposite side of the road and may have something to do with mountain biking. There is a rough path heading further down the hill from this spot which bears signs of bicycle tyre tracks.
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NO2406 : Mountain bike jump? by Bill Kasman
This is a closer look at one of the ramps in this image NO2406 : Strange wooden structure, Lomond Hills.
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NO2406 : Mountain bike jump? by Bill Kasman
This is a close view of one of the ramps in this image NO2406 : Strange wooden structure, Lomond Hills.
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NO2406 : Strange wooden structure, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
Just off Fauld Road stand more strange wooden structures NO2406 : Strange wooden structure, Lomond Hills. They are on a rough track down the hill and look for all the world like a mini ski-jump for mountain bikes. The pale-coloured objects on the right-hand ramp are giant cushions - possibly to absorb the impact of anyone who gets their timing wrong! If this is so then it is indisputable proof that mountain bikers are both brave and crazy!
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NO2406 : Mountain bike jump? by Bill Kasman
The downhill-side ramp in this image NO2406 : Strange wooden structure, Lomond Hills has a rough shelter underneath it. It looks neither comfortable nor weatherproof but would suit a short coffee break. There were two shovels in it - possibly to bury those mountain bikers who got their timing wrong?
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NO2406 : Fauld Road, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
From the path junction NO2406 : Path junction on Fauld Road, Lomond Hills Fauld Road continues.
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NO2507 : Falkland from Fauld Road, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
A view of the village from Fauld Road.
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NO2406 : Seat on Fauld Road, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
A handy place to rest and admire the view of north Fife. This seat has a memorial plaque on it NO2406 : Memorial plaque on seat, Fauld Road, Lomond Hills.
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NO2406 : Memorial plaque on seat, Fauld Road, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This plaque is fixed to this seat on Fauld Road NO2406 : Seat on Fauld Road, Lomond Hills.
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NO2406 : Building materials on Fauld Road, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
Several pallets of breeze block lie ready for use. I wonder what they're for.
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NO2406 : Fauld Road, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The wooden ramp marks one of several mountain biking paths crossing Fauld Road. This whole area is a mountain bikers' paradise.
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NO2407 : Fauld Road, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
Fauld Road joins the minor road over the hills between Falkland and Leslie. This is the other end of Fauld Road which starts from the main path to East Lomond past Lomondside Cottage NO2506 : Path junction near Lomondside Cottage, Falkland. Turning left out of Fauld Road (right in this image) leads, after a short distance, to an old estate road which connects with the path up Maspie Den NO2407 : Old estate road, Lomond Hills.
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NO2407 : Old estate road, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
On the minor road between Falkland and Leslie a few metres uphill from where Fauld Road joins it NO2407 : Fauld Road, Lomond Hills this old estate road branches off to the right. It is an alternative access point for the path up Maspie Den and is often used by those who start their walk at Lomondside Cottage NO2506 : Path junction near Lomondside Cottage, Falkland.
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